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February 19, 2014

Meridian Tech may partner with Frontier schools

STILLWATER, Okla. — The Meridian Technology Center Board of Education unanimously approved a resolution Tuesday for an election to be called in Noble County to add Frontier School District as one of the communities served by Meridian Tech.

Meridian Tech Superintendent Doug Major said he remembers having about 20 students from Frontier at Meridian Tech in the past. That changed when the State Board of Career Technology increased tuition for students outside the district.

Frontier School District is not partnered with any tech school. The 12 students who are now attending Meridian Tech have to pay tuition, but that will change with the partnership.

“The community’s taxes will go up slightly, but that will give their students full access to any of the programs that we have,” Major said.

Frontier also provides a bus and driver to get students to Meridian Tech each day, but once Frontier becomes a member of the district, Meridian Tech will provide that service. Adults will also have access to classes, business industry services and entrepreneurial services.

“I think it means more for the people of Frontier School District in terms of options for their students and the opportunity for them to have access to both high quality career and technical education as well as post-secondary offerings,” Major said.

 The State Board of Career Technology will hold a meeting March 25 to approve the addition. Then the state board will coordinate an election for members of the Frontier School District to vote on joining Meridian Tech. Frontier Board of Education will tour Meridian Tech in late March.

If the proposal is approved by the state board and passed by voters, it will go in to effect Jan. 1.

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